KNIGHT Stephen Beasley

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Stephen Beasley Knight was just 18 when he enlisted and 19 when he died, on the first day of the big German Spring Offensive in 1918 which saw 13 Rutland men killed. Stephen was born at Whissendine on 15 December 1898. He joined up in March 1917, and went to France on 26 February 1918. He was killed in action on 21 March 1918, but no further details are known. On that day, as the Germans began their offensive, the Durham Light Infantry made a counter attack and pushed back the German advance when it tried to penetrate between Epehy and Chapel Hill, and probably it was in this attack that Stephen was killed. He has no known grave but is remembered on the Arras Memorial, Bay 8, and on Whissendine's war memorial. We believe he was related to Clifford Knight who was born in Whissendine but moved away to Sussex when his father died. Clifford was also killed in the war, aged just 17.

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  • Whissendine Church
  • Whissendine Gate of Remembrance
  • Whissendine Memorial 1
  • Whissendine Memorial
  • Arras Memorial
  • Arras memorial 9
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Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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